Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Olympics

Ahh, the Olympics are on! I'm interested in hearing what you think about the coverage by NBC. In Canada we have coverage on a few networks, the largest being CBC. They've virtually wiped their slate clean so they can bring us the latest from Turin. We get stuff broadcast live, as well as stuff broadcast in primetime. Do you enjoy the recap in primetime on NBC, or would you want to watch everything live?

I haven't watched a game yet, but the Canadian women's hockey team is destroying the competition. 16-0 against Italy, 12-0 against Russia, and 8-1 against Sweden. Sure, Canada is winning, but I doubt it's very interesting to watch the games, at least until Canada and the US meet in the golde medal game.

Gord

16 Comments:

At February 15, 2006 4:37 PM, Blogger Brent McKee said...

Another Canadian here, and yeah the women's hockey has been boring, with the Canadians running the score up on everyone out of fear of not getting the final line change in the gold medal game. Of course I enjoy the other stuff more - cross country skiing, short track speed skating, luge - and I still think CBC's coverage is miles ahead of NBCs. And our Brian Williams is better than their Brian Williams, at least at covering the Opening Ceremony.

 
At February 15, 2006 4:50 PM, Anonymous C.S.Strowbridge said...

Yet another Canadian here. And I enjoyed the women's hockey games, but I really, really love hockey. (So much so that I've had my playoff beard since 1994 and I refuse to shave till the Canucks win Lord Stanley's Cup.)

I've watch most of the Olympic live, and the little I've seen on NBC I have not liked.

 
At February 16, 2006 1:58 PM, Blogger peggy said...

An American here but I haven't watched much of the Olympics since I am really only interested in the Men's Hockey which is shown during the day here on MSNBC and then when it is time for the USA team to play they switch it over to the USA network (ha I just got that). So far I have enjoyed the coverage mainly because they show the whole period without commercials. I couldn't believe my eyes that there were no tv time outs. I record the USA games since they come on at 2pm (Central time) and my son and I watched them in primetime so I really can't comment on live vs delayed question.
I have another son who is rooting for Canada to take the gold again in the Men's competiton so I guess as soon as the US is out of the race we will watch those more closely.

 
At February 16, 2006 4:03 PM, Blogger Gord Lacey said...

Peggy, you're not showing much faith in your team! Aren't you hoping for a Canada/US final like 2002?

Gord

 
At February 16, 2006 5:50 PM, Blogger Kyle said...

I love the Olympics. I actually live in Detroit, so I get all the NBC networks and CBC. I normally watch the primetime recap, but whatever is on, I'll watch.

 
At February 17, 2006 10:13 AM, Blogger peggy said...

I would love a Canada/USA final, I guess I have been listening to the announcers too much who claim the USA might not even make it to the finals. You just never know when it comes to hockey. I guess what I meant was if the USA doesn't make it them I will be rooting for Canada. Is that better?

 
At February 17, 2006 12:20 PM, Anonymous leah said...

I live in the us and really don't have much interest in the winter olympics. Like last night, i was flipping through the channels and came across curling. I don't get it. How did that become an olympic sport and yet they vote to take out softball (an actual sport) out of the summer games.

 
At February 17, 2006 1:09 PM, Anonymous C.S.Strowbridge said...

Sweden beat the US in women's hockey and will be going for gold on Monday. And early in the game against Canada, Finland is holding its own. Russia did well, (outside its lose to Canada). Germany is improving.

I think in four years there will be a real competition for all the medals.

 
At February 18, 2006 2:44 AM, Blogger Brent McKee said...

The best thing to happen to Women's Hockey in the Olympics (short of Canada not running up the scores in the preliminatry rounds) was Sweden beating the USA. Suddenly it's not a sport where only two countries are really competitive.

 
At February 18, 2006 2:47 PM, Blogger peggy said...

What I find strange about watching the Olympic Men's hockey is that it really is just the NHL you just go back and play for the country where you were born regardless of the fact of who pays your salary. I don't know it just kind of takes something out of it for me when you are watching say a team from Slovakia and they tell you which NHL team the player play for. Just seems weird somehow.

 
At February 19, 2006 5:44 PM, Blogger Dave Lambert said...

No offense to anyone, but I think my interest is summed up in my response to a poll. When the Olympics started, CNN.com had a quick-poll asking people to say how they intended to watch. A) Every event, every day; B) Select events, C) "I'd rather watch paint dry".

I picked C.

I wish NBC had not "wiped their slate clean" for this. I know that many fans of Olympic games disagree, but it feels okay to point out that there aren't as many of you Olympic fans tuning in as in previous years. :)

Anyone else really missing "My Name Is Earl"?

 
At February 19, 2006 5:48 PM, Blogger charmedfan01 said...

i dont really watch the olympics only olympics i like are the gymnastic parts...

 
At February 19, 2006 5:48 PM, Blogger peggy said...

Dave- I am not missing Earl but I am missing L&O SVU and also all the shows on other networks. It seems like 24 and House are the only shows that want to go up against the Olympics or are they trying to avoid the first rounds of American Idol? I have never seen a February that felt like a December. If the Olympics weren't on I would be watching NHL games so I would still be getting my hockey fix.

 
At February 21, 2006 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm missing The Office, Scrubs, My Name is Earl, Law & Order SVU, ER... why couldn't the Olympics be on a channel I don't watch, like Pax, Telemundo, or BET? Looks like I'll be watching DVDs for one more week.

 
At February 22, 2006 11:03 AM, Blogger MJT said...

I lived in Canada for 4 years (1986 - 1990). I feel they have the best most unbiased coverage of the Olympics. I miss watching up there.

 
At February 28, 2006 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Live in U.S. - Watched on both NBC and CBC - CBC was much better with less bias. NBC was bias on some US team mates over others from the US.

 

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